Corey Norman is edging towards a new deal with the Eels
Corey Norman is edging towards a new deal with the Eels Cameron Spencer

Norman looks like he will sign with the Eels

AFTER a tumultuous period for the Eels, the western Sydney outfit is set to receive some welcome good news with Corey Norman on the verge of re-signing.

The club is going through a dark period and will almost certainly be stripped 12 competition points for repeated salary cap breaches, but Norman said he didn't test the open market because he was so keen to remain in the blue-and-gold.

His signature won't come cheap, but there is some cap space to retain the classy Queenslander after the club offloaded popular hooker Nathan Peats.

"I think my manager and (the club) will sort something out this week," Norman said. "I didn't go on the market because I wanted to stay at Parramatta."

Norman has carried an extra burden in recent weeks with halves partner Kieran Foran on personal leave.

He said he did not know if Foran would make a return to face the Storm at Pirtek Stadium on Monday, but said he was happy with the job stand-in halves partner Brad Takairangi had been doing.

"I wouldn't have a clue (if Foran will be back) to be honest," Norman said.

Meanwhile, former Broncos and representative star Justin Hodges has spoken out about alleged racial abuse directed towards Knights fullback Dane Gagai after his team's 62-0 thrashing by the Sharks on Sunday.

"There's no harm in yelling out and bagging people, but to be racist ... I thought we'd come a long way from where it was and in the society we live in today it's just not necessary," Hodges said.

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